Countryman Songo at the memorial of late Ebony Reigns
So we are here at St. Martin De Porres school in Accra for the ‘one-week’ celebration of music prodigy, Ebony who died in a car crash last week Thursday.
Her music career was only a two-year warm-up at the top of the industry.
It cannot be remembered in recent history when the life of a 20-year old ‘girl’ ever became a subject of national interest.
The nation was hooked to an addiction to Ebony in the last two years of her life with her hits songs topping the charts and toppling established stars.
The event is fast becoming a fanfare. Once the name of a big star is mentioned, chaos erupts, police sweats, reporters scramble, fans scream until some sense of fragile temporary order is restored.
It happened when popular TV presenter ‘Countryman Songo’ came – his bodyguards struggling to keep out fans. Shatta Wale and his Shatta Movement are expected to be next and the prospects of his coming is headache to the security here.
A steady stream of dignitaries grateful to have escaped the traffic, pay respects to Ebony Reigns. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, an international televangelist whose picture with the late star went viral on social media is among them.
Communications minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful is here. Ebony lived in Dansoman which is part of her constituency. Tourism and Creative Arts minister Catherine Afeku came together with Ursula as the foremost government delegation here.
Big names and legends in the Entertainment industry are here. Kofi Adjorlolo, Legend Grace Omaboe ‘ Maame Dokono’ have also paid their respects.
But it is controversial sports presenter Countryman Songo whose presence threatens to throw the program in disarray. Remember that ‘match’ Songo threw to the dancehall artiste? Yes.
Conductor testifies to monstrous traffic on the stretch of road leading to St. Martin De Porres school.
‘I have been in traffic for two hours…I had to get off the car and walk to this place’
Huge traditional drums beat culture into the air, lined up in front of one of the 16 canopies here.
But fans are paying no small attention to the center court where a small canopy sits with paintings of the late star.
For details check a facebook wall near you. It will be full of short, amateur videos, selfies and photos posing with picture frames of Ebony.
Slight showers threaten to participate in the mourning.
Ebony’s father, in white and black cloth, walks into the ground. A beehive of paparazzi, fans, and reporters buzz